Gulley named Smith County Extension Agent

Gulley named Smith County Extension Agent

Released by Smith County Commissioners Court:

SMITH COUNTY - The Smith County Commissioners Court appointed Chad Gulley of Nacogdoches as Texas AgriLife Extension Service's County Extension Agent-Agriculture/Natural Resources for Smith County effective July 1, 2011.

Gully is transferring form Nacogdoches County where he served as County Extension Agent-Agriculture/ Natural Resources for five years. Before transferring to Nacogdoches County, Gulley served as County Extension Agent-4H and Youth Development in Polk County for five years. Prior to joining Extension, he worked as a ranch manager in Tyler County.

"I look forward to working with the Extension staff and citizens of Smith County. I am excited to have this opportunity to meet new people, learn about their educational needs and implement informative programs," Gully said. "This is also a great opportunity to explore new ideas for programming."

Gully earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in 1995 and in August 2006 completed his Master's of Science degree in Agriculture from SFASU.

Gully will fill the Smith County Extension Agent position formerly held by Brian Triplett. As County Extension Agent-Agriculture/Natural Resources he will work with all aspect of agriculture and natural resources in Smith County.

"I am delighted to have Chad join our dynamic Extension faculty in Smith County. He will be a great asset for us in Smith County," said Shelia Lewis, District Extension Administrator for Texas AgriLife Extension. "I feel certain Chad will do an excellent job because of his enthusiasm, his experiences as Extension agent in Polk and Nacogdoches Counties and his sincere desire to strengthen the Agricultural and Natural Resources program in Smith County."

The County Extension Office in Smith County is part of Texas AgriLife Extension Services, an agency of the Texas A&M University System. Local Extension programs extend university resources to local residents by providing practical information and education in the four areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth, and community development. Extension is a cooperative effort of the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of Texas through Texas A&M University and the Smith County Commissioners Court.